Common Market: The Cost of Stubbornness

The most subtle and persistent nemesis of Charles de Gaulle's narrow, nationalist design for a Europe des patries are the Eurocrats—the quiet men in Brussels dedicated to creating a truly supranational political Europe atop the already thriving economic union of the Common Market Six. Ever since De Gaulle vetoed British entry into the Common Market in 1963, the Eurocrats have patiently worked to yoke French economic demands to the larger purposes of Europe, and more often than not have succeeded. Last week, as the ministers of the Six assembled in Brussels, E.E.C....